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Border Crossings III: Sylvat Aziz, Sisyphus & Other Personal Matters

Border Crossings III: Sylvat Aziz, Sisyphus & Other Personal Matters
252 Bloor Street West, 2nd floor hallway
Time: Mar 5th, 5:00 pm End: Mar 29th, 7:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women/Gender, Women & Gender Studies (FAS), Visual Studies (UTM), Sociology (FAS), Sexual Diversity, Religion, Study of (FAS), Political Science, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Information, Faculty of, Ethics, English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Diaspora/Transnational, Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), Communications, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Cinema, Canada, Art (FAS), Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS), 2000-
Sisyphus & Other Personal Matters is an exhibition of art by Sylvat Aziz

Border Crossings: An Erotic Affair?

Event III:  Sylvat Aziz, Sisyphus & Other Personal Matters

Sisyphus & Other Personal Matters
engages 'social justice' questions in how research is conducted in the making of art.  This is especially relevant when digital documenting is employed, which can manipulate information seamlessly and infinitely.  The questions rest primarily on the subaltern dynamics that come into play when roles shift and the subject/object and te 'researcher' replace the participant and observer positions.  The work questions the privileging that assumes the researcher has the right to display without responsibly acquiring permission.

This exhibition will be on display 5-30 March 2012.

Sylvat Aziz holds Masters degrees in literature and in art. Her studies began in Lahore, Pakistan then on to Pratt Institute, New York, and Concordia University, Montreal. She has exhibited sculpture and painting at Venice; Istanbul; Bradford, England; New Delhi and Lahore, as well as many major public and university galleries in Canada. Her research is focused on problems of representation and the politics of space in early Islamic art and architecture and the influences, conflicts and compromises addressed therein. She currently teaches at Queen's University, Department of Art, Kingston, Ontario.

This event is jointly sponsored by:

Border Crossings: An Erotic Affair is a series of events and exhibitions that respond to the JHI's 2011-2012 theme, Location/Dislocation, from a feminist perspective.  Artists and researchers this year will be coming from the USA, Pakistan and Canada and programming will be  happening at two campus sites at UTSC and CWSE, OISE/U of T. Connections, intersections and differences in these programs and people include gender, race, culture and media dealing with cultural genocide, women and cancer, gender/trans issues, and more.

The artists Sylvat Aziz, Meral Pasha, and Vicky Moufawad-Paul (Ontario) live cross border from Mesma Belsare (Boston). In complex ways, they interweave gender, sexuality and artistic practice as they confront how dislocation, and their longing for relocation, is mapped on their bodies: for Belsare it is the dynamics of gender in dance, for Aziz a cultural critique, and for Moufawad-Paul and Pasha the complexities around gender displacement, and cultural loss. This project intends to bring Belsare, Aziz, Pasha and Moufawad-Paul to present for 2011-12 at the St. George and Scarborough campuses of the University of Toronto. This series gives both university sites ongoing engagement with issues of location/dislocation. University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) participating faculty plan to use this in a variety of ways for curricular support, and the Centre for Women‘s Studies (CWSE) and WIAprojects at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/UT at St. George campus will take advantage of Aziz and Pasha to highlight their 2011-12 programming. A year-end summary of this series will be as a Locations/Dislocations Roundtable on April 10th at 12 noon in Room 2-225 at the CWSE OISE, 252 Bloor Street W.

For other events in this series, see listings at

  • 26 September 2011, 7-9 pm: Forum and Screening, Vicky Moufawad-Paul (170 St. George
  • 3 November 2011, 2-4 pm:  Mesma Belsare and Sylvat Aziz in Conversation (Leila Lee Browne Theatre, UTSC)
  • 2 April 2012, 5:30-7 pm:  Exhibition Opening, Meral Pasha: Liminal Spaces: Inside the Folds of a Map (252 Bloor St. West, 2nd floor hallway)
  • 10 April 2012, 12-1:30 pm: Brownbag Roundtable on the series Border Crossings: An Erotic Affair (252 Bloor St. West, 2nd floor)

All events are free and open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

For more information, contact Pam Patterson, Director, WIAprojects

Download series flyer [pdf]


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